Graeme Ackland's Homepage
I am Professor of Computer Simulation and
Head of the Institute for
Condensed Matter and Complex Systems at
The School of Physics
in the College of Science and Engineering
at The University of Edinburgh
I work on radiation damage in steels to determine better
materials and safe lifetimes for fission reactors. My main interest is
computationally fast, yet accurate, models for interatomic forces.
I am coordinating a new international project on Exascale computing for
Fusion Science (NuFuSe).
High Pressure Crystallography
I study how simple materials
behave under conditions of extreme pressure, using density functional
theory calculation of materials at
the Centre for Science at Extreme
Conditions, using codes developed over the past 20 years
as part of UKCP.
Martensites and Shape Memory
I also work on simulating martensitic phase transition, and try to
Shape Memory effect.
These can be imaged and analysed using free software
I coordinated the EPSRC complexity research cluster Novel approaches to realistic
networks of interacting autonomes.
"Daisyworld" is a coupled climate-biosphere model which shows how the
biosphere adapts to climate change.
Here's an applet.
Cultural markers (e.g. language) can spread if they become associated
with beneficial technology (e.g. Farming in the Neolithic). This can be
modelled using a reaction-diffusion type equation.
Statistical mechanics of soft matter
Using molecular dynamics and Lattice-Switch Monte Carlo I study how
classical systems of hard and soft particles in suspension behave.
This area is now deprecated due to lack of time.
Come to Edinburgh
PhD positions are available. Grants are
available for highly qualified
UK students, by applying to physics , and
non-EU students through SUPA . Mention my name and area in your application
if you want to work with me!
Living expenses for summer internships may be available for EU
students. I can't pay travel or get you a work visa!
ICMCS has office/lab/computing space, and maybe travel, available for more
senior visitors wanting to work with us.
For many years I taught
Quantum Physics . Please feel free to plagiarise the notes, or
if you're kind you might even acknowledge me.
This year it's
Also, I contribute
poultry-themed questions to
And you can try some difficult
physics problems. or just
Click here for older lecture notes and problems
My most recent publications list is also available.
- Electronic structure calculation:
Back in the real world, I'm married to
Jane and we have a young son,
Here's my photo
here (from 1994) was my idea of fun
In my spare time, I go jogging
or orienteering with
And I used to write Diplomacy Puzzles
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